[hackerspaces] where do you buy electronics components and tools?

RGB blippo at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 18:53:37 CET 2010


here in Slovakia (Slovak Republic) I personally got the most of 
electronic components from GM Electronic (www.gmelectronic.sk) - a 
company with HQ in Czech Republic (www.gme.cz) and from Conrad 
(www.conrad-international.com) - Germany based, but operating accross 
Europe seamlessly. GME has actual store here in Bratislava not far from 
my office, so I can stop by with my shopping list and need not to wait 
for post. Conrad is shipping from Germany via parcel service...
I have also tried DigiKey, but the package from US ended at the Customs 
Office where I had to explain the content so I prefer EU shipments :-)

There are also others (I got many online-shops when I google 
"elektronické súčiastky"="electronic components" in Slovak language, but 
I do not know nor use them).

On 2.11.2010 18:10, Jeff Keyzer wrote:
> Adam,
> Thanks for your suggestions!  We have Sparkfun and Adafruit on the 
> list, but not the others.
> All,
> I'm still looking for more response from hackers outside the US!
> So far I have:
> Conrad in Germany
> Maplin in the UK / Ireland
> Jaycar, Littlebird, Freetronics, Dontronics, Rockby Electronics in 
> Australia / NZ.
> And it seems like most Europeans buy online from Farnell and RS 
> Electronics.
> Regards,
> Jeff
> On 11/2/2010 9:02 AM, Adam Sheesley wrote:
>> I apologize if these would fit into your commonly known list (just 
>> 'cause they're common to me doesn't mean they're common to everyone I 
>> suppose), but my two cents:
>> http://www.sparkfun.com/ - they're just awesome, the end
>> http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/ - Pretty nice parts, some original 
>> projects, and some dangerous prototypes stuff, direct from China
>> http://store.makerbot.com/ - Primarily geared to people that purchase 
>> and maintain their 3D printers they have some offbeat stuff at decent 
>> prices.  You never know when you're going to need 5 feet 
>> of nichrome wire.
>> http://www.adafruit.com/ - Some pretty awesome kits and other parts, 
>> I have never bought anything from them personally, but I'm pretty 
>> sure they're legit.
>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Jeff Keyzer <jeff at mightyohm.com 
>> <mailto:jeff at mightyohm.com>> wrote:
>>     Hello,
>>     Mitch Altman and I are in the process of writing a book about
>>     "Making Cool Things with Microcontrollers (for people who know
>>     nothing)."  The book is aimed at complete beginners and
>>     encourages people to turn their amazing ideas into reality
>>     through the use of microcontrollers.
>>     We want to include a list of where to buy parts and tools in the
>>     book.  Our readers will need to buy a soldering iron, solder, and
>>     miscellaneous odds and ends like wire, batteries, resistors,
>>     capacitors, etc.
>>     We don't intend for the list to be exhaustive, but I do want to
>>     include some highlights for readers around the world.
>>     I'd like to know what your favorite places to buy
>>     electronics-related items are.  Where do you shop?  Local or online?
>>     We are particularly interested in hearing from people who live
>>     outside of the United States.  Where do you buy solder and
>>     components in Europe?  Asia?  South America?  Africa?
>>     Mitch and I are already pretty familiar with the resources
>>     available here in the US.  But if you have a place you think
>>     absolutely must be on the list (and it's not Digikey, Mouser,
>>     Jameco, or Element 14/Newark), I'd like to hear about it.
>>     Thank you and best regards,
>>     Jeff Keyzer
>>     jeff at mightyohm.com <mailto:jeff at mightyohm.com>
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